Publish dateMonday 26 March 2012 - 18:56
Story Code : 38563
Sarkozy says influential religious cleric not welcome in France
President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that influential Qatar-based Sunni Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France.
Egyptian-born Qaradawi, 86, has been invited to visit next month by the Union of Islamic Organisations in France AFP reported.

“I told the emir of Qatar himself that this gentleman was not welcome in the territory of the French Republic,” Sarkozy told France Info radio.

Qaradawi, who hosts a popular show on Al-Jazeera satellite television, backed Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and has launched a fund-raising effort for the Syrian opposition.
Source : Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), Kabul
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